Cades Cove Campground is set in the heart of one of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s biggest attractions—the resplendent Cades Cove valley. Surrounded by deciduous trees and mountain peaks, this 159-site campground is open year-round with numerous hiking trails to waterfalls, peaks, and scenic views nearby. Campers can also find some of the park’s best biking and equestrian areas. RV and tent sites at Cades Cove Campground include picnic tables and fire rings, and the campground also features restrooms, a dump station, and a camp store with food, ice cream, and bicycle rentals. No campsites come with individual hookups or shower access.
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Spring visitors to Cades Cove Campground may be blessed with wildflowers and full strength waterfalls, plus the area is known to host synchronous fireflies during their late May mating season. Summer visitors enjoy warm temps in the 80s and long days to hike, but campgrounds are typically full during this time. Fall is gorgeous, with deciduous tree leaves changing colors in September and October. Rain and cold nights are possible year-round, and winter visitors should be prepared for cold weather camping and possibly driving on snow and ice. For current info on winter conditions, call the ranger station at (865) 436-1200.
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The 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road is a popular cycling route, giving riders a chance to spot wildlife and linger over t...Read more
Abrams Creek is a popular trout fishing spot within Cades Cove.
The Cades Cove Nature Trail starts at the campground, and a number of excellent hiking trails also depart from Cades Cove, incl...Read more
Guided horseback tours and carriage rides through Cades Cove are offered next to the campground at the Cades Cove Riding Stables.
Cades Cove is one of the best areas in the Smokies for wildlife observation. Campers frequently spot bears, deer, coyotes, turk...Read more
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The group sites were amazing and super reasonable! We had a group of 8 and were able to reserve (non-group sites are first come first served) a group site during spring break for about the same cost as 2 single sites.
We spent a few nights here while exploring the park over Memorial Day Weekend. It was busy, but the campground was still very quiet. The facilities are nice, but there are no showers available anywhere in the park. It was not cheap... $22/night, but it was a really convenient location.
Cade's Cove is a classic spot to camp in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It is the most visited National Park in the US for a reason! Stunning waterfalls, breath-taking hikes, and gorgeous views are but minutes away from this family friendly camping site. Growing up only a few hours from this plethora of hiking, my family would backpack in the fall and enjoy the beautiful cove in the summer. Hidden conveniently near the edge of park gives you quick access to "civilization" but also to some of the most diversified fauna in the United States. If my memory serves me correct most sites are priced around $12-18 a night for tent camping and offer everything you might need to enjoy your getaway.
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- 865-448-4103 FOR AVAILABILITY AND TO MAKE A RESERVATION 877-444-6777
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- Tent / RV / Trailer: 131 Sites (Up to 6 people per site)
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- Tent / Van: 29 Sites (Up to 6 people per site)